Free Agency

4 free agent linebackers the NY Jets should still consider signing

NY Jets, Anthony Barr
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NY Jets, Kwon Alexander
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1. The NY Jets could sign Kwon Alexander

This is the one that makes the most sense and is also the most likely to happen. The Jets have already expressed interest in signing Kwon Alexander having brought him in for a visit prior to the draft.

Are they still interested after signing his former teammate, Marcell Harris? That much is unclear, but they should be.

Alexander played under Robert Saleh in San Francisco in 2019 and parts of 2020 and his skill set is tailor-made for a Saleh-run defense. He's fast, rangy, and a little undersized — exactly what the Jets look for in their linebackers.

A former fourth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Alexander spent the first four years of his career in Tampa Bay before signing a hefty four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers in 2019.

Unfortunately for Alexander and the 49ers, injuries prevented him from ever reaching his ceiling in San Francisco. He was a productive player when healthy, but he just wasn't healthy enough.

Alexander's injury issues aren't something to overlook, and they're why he remains a free agent into May. He hasn't played more than 12 games in a single season since 2016.

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The Jets wouldn't be wise to bank on Alexander's health and any potential contract should reflect that, but his experience with Saleh and his perfect skill set make him an intriguing target nonetheless.

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